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How to Dye Hair Lavender (DIY)

Updated on February 26, 2015

Bored with Platinum hair? Then read on

You are probably thinking about changing your hair color, and that's how you ended up here, reading this article. I recently dyed my own hair pastel lavender, and here I will explain all the steps I took to achieve this.

First, lets start with the lightening process. As my previous article explained, I bleached my hair from black, to a platinum blonde color. I did this in steps, to avoid major damage. It took me almost 4 weeks to get to a platinum, and it remained like that for about 2 weeks, until I got brave and changed it to a pastel color.

How to go from Platinum to Pastel Lavender

In order to achieve this pastel look, you first have to make sure that you have lightened your hair to a light yellow color. After you reach this color, then you must tone the hair. I used Wella toner in T18 and it left it a pretty platinum color. I also used Clairol Shimmer lights shampoo, and left it on for about 10 minutes. Once I had reached that pretty platinum color, I left it like that for 2 weeks, while I got brave enough to go lavender.

One day, I walked into Sally's Beauty Supply, and realized that the Ion brand had a new line of color. It is called, Ion Color Brilliance in Lavender. So I went ahead and bought a tube, then bought the Suave Coconut conditioner, a huge bottle of white conditioner, so I could mix them to the right hue.

I went ahead and filled up the coloring bowl with a ton of conditioner, and put about 4 dots of the lavender color, and mixed it. Then I went ahead and put it on my hair. I left it for about 40 minutes, then rinsed and had a pretty purple color. I was a bit shocked the first night, because even though the purple was pretty, I wasn't ready for so much color, I wanted a lavender tone, not an intense purple. So after a bit of research, I decided to shampoo my hair with clarifying shampoo, twice, and finally and that easy, I achieved the pastel.

In my opinion it can wash out pretty quickly if you shampoo your hair everyday, or use hot water. So I shampooed my hair about twice a week, with a low sulfate shampoo, and rinsed with cold water, as cold as I could take. Today, I did a touch up, and once again, it is a pastel purple, instead of lavender, but because now I know it washes out a but quick, I will leave it like this until my next shampoo.

I feel like I have found the color of my dreams. Next time, I will be mixing a bit of pravana pretty in pink pastel, and will try the pravana violet as well. So stay tuned for that update!

Thanks for reading, and happy hair dying!

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